Gluten Free “Cheeze-Its?” YES, finally!!!

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I have to admit that one of the snacks that I miss the most and crave all the time is “Cheeze-Its!” They are so delicious and definitely addicting. When I found out that I was Gluten Free, I had to say “bye bye” to Cheeze-Its. That was a very sad day! :(

But, the other day when I was in Walmart… I ran across these: Van’s Crackers “Say Cheese!” All I can say is, WOW! They are absolutely amazing! They have the perfect “cheese flavor” and the “crunch” is an added bonus. I almost killed the whole box! :-) Opps!

“With totally terrific cheesy flavor and the perfect crispy crunch, these Say Cheese! Crackers are everyone’s favorite! And with 16g of nutrient-rich, gluten free whole grains, they’re a snack everyone will love.”

Make sure to go pick up a box and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! :)

Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies? Yes… Finally!

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There is nothing that makes me happier then a box of Girl Scout Cookies! They bring back so many amazing child hood memories. As tiny as I am, it is very easy for me to kill an entire box in one sitting! ;-) I am not afraid to admit that! Haha!

Check out this article I found!

http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/29/gluten-free-girl-scout-cookies-coming-to-a-troop-near-you/

If anyone has tried these cookies, please let me know what you think about them! I look forward to hearing your feedback! :-)

FIRST DATE: The Melting Pot!

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FIRST DATE & BEING GLUTEN-FREE?

…NOT EASY!

So, this past Saturday… I went on a first date with this amazing man to The Melting Pot located right here in Houston, Texas. Let’s just say that I did not make it easy on him since I am “Gluten-Free” but going to The Melting Pot was a fantastic choice! I never realized how accommodating they are to Gluten-Free people, I was completely shocked! Sometimes I find it pretty difficult to find restaurants here in Houston that offer fresh and exciting options for me. I get tired of always have to order the same type of items no matter where I go. So, The Melting Pot was an extremely exciting experience to me!

And… the great company was a plus as well! ;-)

They offer a completely different menu for Gluten-Free people which highly impressed me as well. They offer you an entire menu of options instead of just a little section in the “normal” menu. Pretty awesome right?

We started off with a Gluten-Free Cheese Fondue Option:

Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue
Gruyère and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, white wine, garlic, nutmeg, lemon and Kirschwasser.

Let’s just say… YUMMY! I am a huge Swiss Cheese fan, so of course this cheese fondue option was amazing! It was so simple, yet exploding with flavor! But, the best part was the dippers of course! They actually served me Gluten-Free bread! WOW! I was so impressed and completely shocked. It is very depressing going to restaurants where everyone gets to enjoy the fresh bread that is brought to your table for you to enjoy with your meal… and I never get to have any! :-( No fun right? But, this time… they brought me not only one kind of Gluten-Free bread but TWO! Amazing huh? Let’s just say that I filled up on bread! Haha! ;-) I just couldn’t help myself! It was so new and exciting to me! They also brought us cauliflower, carrots and apples to dip as well. I can’t digest carrots, but I was able to enjoy the other items. I really enjoyed the green apples, it was such a “different” taste!

Then we each enjoyed a Ceaser Salad with no croutons. I love their Ceaser dressing, it was delicious and full of flavor!

Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce, shredded Parmesan cheese, crispy croutons and an added touch of Parmesan-encrusted pine nuts, tossed with Caesar dressing.

And last… The Entrée cooking style:

Seasoned Court Bouillon
Fresh seasoned vegetable broth.

Since I am unable to digest red meat, I decided to go with all seafood options:

Atlantic Salmon

Pacific White Shrimp

Wild-Caught Mahi Mahi

The seafood was very fresh and tasty! I enjoyed it very much! The cooking style was very simple, but it was tasty. I would love to try a different one the next time that I go. We were very full after the 3 courses so we did not order a Dessert Fondue. Plus, I am unable to digest sugar or chocolate. So, I would not have been able to enjoy the Dessert Fondue anyways. Bummer right?

Again, I was highly impressed with The Melting Pot and I definitely want to return there soon. Their service is fantastic and they are very accommodating to people like me! It was a breath of fresh air.

It is also the perfect atmosphere for a first date…

…let’s just say there was a second date! ;-)

I’m out!

:-)

The Melting Pot Of Houston

6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 532-5011

Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Christmas Cookies

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I have to admit… one of my FAVORITE things about Christmas time was my Mother’s Christmas cookies. But, when I found out that I now had to be Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free, my heart broke into pieces. Her cookies always made me feel like a little girl again and gave me this warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I didn’t think it was possible to make a good Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free Christmas cookie, so we never gave it a try. But, this year was different… I HAD to have Christmas cookies. So, I decided to do some research and I came across the perfect recipe! :-)

They turned out ABSOLUTLEY amazing! :-) You would never guess that they do not contain gluten or sugar! I did however make a few changes to the recipe. I always like to put my special “touch” on everything that I bake. I usually always make some kind of change to the recipe! :-) I used “Brown Rice Flour” instead of “White Rice Flour” and since I am unable to digest sugar, I used “Truvia Baking Blend Sugar.” We made a tripe batch of this recipe and they are already almost gone! I just can’t help myself! :-) They are also more healthy for you because I decided to use “Brown Rice Flour” instead and also because they do not contain REAL sugar. If you have a craving for a good Christmas cookie during the Holidays like I always do, then I highly suggest that you give this recipe a try. They sure are tasty! :-)

Easy Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

YIELDS: ~16 COOKIES • PREPARATION TIME: 5 MINUTES • BAKE TIME: 11 MINUTES

These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth tasty, and you’ll never know they’re gluten-free! They take no time at all, and are nut- and gluten-free, so they’re perfect for your kids’ school parties.

INGREDIENTS

1¾ c white rice flour pinch salt ½ tsp  baking powder ½ c  unsalted butter ½ c  sugar 3 tbsp  milk 1  egg 1 tsp  vanilla fun cookie cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder.

2. In separate mixing bowl, cream together butter, milk and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, and mix until well combined.

3. Slowly stir flour mixture into wet mixture until well combined.

4. Shape dough into a ball and roll out between two sheets of wax paper. Roll until dough is roughly 1/8″ thickness.

5. Press cookie shapes out of dough using your favorite cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheet.

6. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until edges turn slightly brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a cooling rack.

7. Decorate with your favorite icing and sprinkles.

If you give this recipe a try, then be sure to let me know what you think! :-) I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Sweet Paris… Again! ;-)

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It’s sOoOoOo good… That I am going to BLOG about it again! ;-)

Sweet Paris Creperie located here in Houston, Texas is absolutely amazing! I have blogged about this place once… but I went there today and it was so tasty, that I decided to BLOG about it one more time! :-) I absolutely love fruit… I would have to admit that fruit is my favorite type of food. Fruit will usually put all of my cravings that I have at that present time… to rest! Because my diet is so strict, I constantly have cravings. There are so many different kinds of foods out there that I can’t eat, so sometimes my cravings will get out of control. Well today… not only was I craving fruit but I had an outrageous “sweet tooth” as well. This is not a good combination for me! :-( So, as soon as I got done at the gym… I drove straight to Sweet Paris located in Rice Village here in Houston, Texas.

I always order:

ALLISON’S PARFAIT

vanilla low-fat yogurt, bananas, strawberries, toasted almonds and a drizzle of honey 7.75

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This crepe automatically kills all of my cravings! :-)

If you live in Houston… or you happen to just be passing through then I highly suggest that you stop into Sweet Paris. Their menu is amazing and it has many different options to cure everyone’s “cravings!” :-)

Sweet Paris

2420 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 360-6266

http://www.sweetparis.com/

The Texas Renaissance Festival… And being Gluten-Free!

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…it is not easy being “Gluten-Free!”

So… a few weekends ago I went to The Texas Renaissance Festival with my parents. This is my second time attending the festival that is located in Plantersville, Texas. There is a different theme that takes place each weekend and we went to “The Celtic Christmas.” Christmas is my all time favorite Holiday… I just love the warm, fuzzy feeling that it gives me inside. :-) I was a little disappointed in this themed weekend. I thought there would be more Christmas decorations throughout the festival, but I was wrong. Bummer! :-( But, I still had a wonderful time and my Daddy really spoiled my Mommy and I! I am truly blessed! :-)

Well… my point of this post is to discuss being “Gluten-Free” at The Texas Renaissance Festival. Let’s just say… it was not easy! :-( It was really depressing seeing all of the delicious fresh baked goods and fried foods. I have an obsession with Funnel Cakes… but of course, they are not “Gluten-Free!” It is not easy being “Gluten-Free” at The Texas Renaissance Festival.

I made sure to eat a very filling breakfast before we left to the festival because I knew it was not going to be easy to find something that I can eat once we arrived there. Lunch time rolled around very fast and I watched my parents both enjoy a delicious lunch that I couldn’t eat. Another bummer! :-( I walked around the entire festival with my parents trying to find something that I could enjoy. Finally, we found a stand that was serving “Grilled Chicken On A Stick.” It was just simple chicken breast on a stick that was seasoned with Italian Seasoning. It was very plain and not exciting at all… but I was starving! :-(

So… then I wanted a little snack! :-) With my diet, I am not supposed to digest corn… but I have noticed that if I keep it to a minimum that it does not affect me. I could not resist a fresh, grilled “Corn On The Cob!” :-) Wow… it was like candy to me! It was absolutely delicious! They served it to you with a tub of real butter… the only butter that I am allowed to digest. Lucky me right? This added the perfect touch to the corn. It has been almost a year since I have enjoyed “Corn On The Cob!” Yummy! I also got to enjoy some fresh “Kettle Corn” while I was there as well. Again… I am not supposed to have corn or sugar. But, I did not eat much and it did not affect me. I am really starting to learn my limits which is a great thing!

I think that The Texas Renaissance Festival should be more accommodating to people with “Gluten Sensitivity.” My options of things to eat were very limiting. Right when I was about to leave, I found a stand that was serving a “Greek Salad.” So, that would have been another option. But, it was time for us to leave so I did not get a chance to sample it. Yes… another bummer! :-(

I would love to hear from other people who are “Gluten-Free” about their experience at The Texas Renaissance Festival. In case I happen to go there again… I would love to know if there are anymore options there for me! :-)

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

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Guess who’s back? Back again…

Cortney’s back, tell a friend! :-)

Yes… I am back! And, it feels oh so good! :-)

I have really missed posting on my blog. :-( This is way more then just “blogging” to me. I sincerely want to help other people like me. I hope to inspire them and also keep them updated about new restaurants, recipes and products that I try out. I have been dealing with some more serious health issues, so that is why I have been absent for a short time period. But, I am back now and more healthy then I was! :-)

It is that special time of the year right now which always seems to be the hardest time for me. I am not able to enjoy the delicious Holiday cookies, pastries, pies and other baked goods. And, it makes it even harder because they are absolutely everywhere! :-( So, of course knowing me… I like to venture out there and try to turn a “negative” into a “positive.”

So, last time that I was at Gluten-Free Houston… I stumbled upon a very special treat. They are “MI-DEL Gluten-Free All Natural Gingerbread Men Special Edition Cookies.” Gluten-Free Houston had samples of this delicious cookie out last time that I was there so of course I had to grab me one. I can never look at a “free” sample and not want to grab one… That is just me! :-) It’s free!

I was shocked! They are absolutely delicious! They have the perfect combination of “ginger flavoring” and sweet. They also have a light dusting of white, sugar crystals on them. That adds a special “Holiday touch” to them! :-) As you know, I am not suppose to digest sugar but these did not affect me in any way. They have a very serious “ginger flavoring” to them, so I only need to eat a few at a time.

Make sure to grab yourself a box of these delicious cookies for this Holiday season! I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do! :-)

Gluten-Free Houston

1014 Wirt Road Houston, Texas 77055
(713) 784-7122

Red Robin

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I have not been to a Red Robin since I was a little girl. I used to go there with my Daddy and we would both order a Burger & Fries with a Chocolate Shake on the side! :-) Those were some great times! I am definitely a Daddy’s Girl!

My boyfriend and I went out for a nice lunch this past Friday at Red Robins. I have to admit that it was the BEST lunch that I have had in a long time. Who would have thought right? I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was EXCELLENT! Thumbs up Red Robin! :-)

They were very accommodating to people with food allergies!

I ordered:

The Grilled Turkey Burger- No red meat for me! :-)

“Gobble up our deliciously seasoned turkey patty, served on a whole grain bun with zesty chipotle aioli and tomatoes.”   $8.99

You can substitute any bun for a Gluten-Free Bun for only $1.00! That is the cheapest upcharge that I have seen here in Houston so far! AMAZING! :-)

All of the burgers are served with their famous BOTTOMLESS Steak Fries which are Gluten-Free as well! They also have tons of delicious Gluten-Free sauces that you can dip their tasty fries in. It has been so long since I have had fries! I was in pure heaven! I totally forgot about my Turkey Burger… Haha! :-) Oh well!

My boyfriend and I both enjoyed our experience at Red Robin and we were both extremely impressed as well! They were very accommodating to my Gluten-Free Diet! We will be back again very soon! :-)

Red Robin

7620 Katy Fwy #465, Houston TX 77024

(713) 476-9096

http://www.redrobin.com/

Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

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I have been having a hard time finding these tasty delectables in grocery stores by me but yesterday I spotted them at my local, neighborhood “Walmart Marketplace.” And yes, my eyes definitely lit up like a “little kid in a candy store!”  :-) There is nothing more exciting to me than finding a new Gluten-Free item, especially one that brings back such great childhood memories. I am completely IN LOVE with Kellogg’s NEW “Gluten-Free Rice Krispies” made with Brown Rice! They are delicious and I even had to have me a second bowl this morning because the first one just wasn’t enough. :-) I may be tiny, but when I love something… then I can certainly put away a serious amount of food! I love to sprinkle a little packet of Stevia on top then drown the cereal in 2% milk… pure perfection I must say! I am a big “texture person,” especially when it comes to cereal and the texture of this cereal is phenomenal and of course you can’t go wrong with the “SNAP, CRACKLE & POP!” :-) Haha! My Mother just couldn’t wait to text that to me when I found these in the supermarket yesterday and sent her a picture. She is adorable! :-)

If you have yet to try the NEW Kellogg’s “Gluten-Free Rice Krispies” then make sure you run down to your local, neighborhood “Walmart Marketplace” and snag you a box. I promise that you will be in heaven! :-)

Kellogg’s

http://www.ricekrispies.com/products/rice-krispies-gluten-free-cereal

Being me isn’t easy…

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Life isn’t always fair…

(The other side of “My Gluten-Free Life”)

I have to admit that I have a lot of health issues. But, that is something that I unfortunately have no control over. My health is the most important thing to me as it should be to everyone, so why should I be penalized for that?

Having a lot of health issues means I have a lot of doctor appointments to attend as well. I was just recently let go from my job for excessive absenteeism. I have worked in the Wedding & Event Industry ever since I graduated from High School. I am a very driven woman and I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. Being a good employee is very important to me and I always try my best to reach my up most potential at anything and everything that I do. I have never once missed work without having a serious and valid reason for doing so. My reasoning’s have been due to important doctor’s appointments so that I could meet with my specialists or because I was extremely sick due to new medications that my body takes time to adjust to. It is hard to be let go for something that you have no control over… life just isn’t fair is it? :-(

I pride myself in being a very strong woman and I know that I will make it through this. I am an extremely talented woman and I wish that more people would take the time to see the positive in me instead of focusing on the negative. Give me a chance to prove myself so that you will realize that I will be a huge asset to your company regardless of my absenteeism due to my health issues. I promise that you will not regret your decision!

I have set goals for myself that I wish to accomplish and dreams that I want to live out in my lifetime. I will not let my health issues hold me back and I will continue to push on. Life isn’t always fair… and being me isn’t easy!

I have amazing ideas and I hope to open my own business one day where I can help other people like me! This is not the last of me! :-)